AKAI launches ‘WOW’ 3D touchscreen phone in India

Friday, January 21, 2011, 12:55 by Tech Correspondent

AKAI Mobiles, a unit of Japanese consumer electronics giant AKAI, has unveiled a 3D touchscreen phone–the AKAI WOW–for the Indian market. The dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device is now available for a price of Rs. 7,995 at more than 15,000 retail stores across the country.

So does this newbie really have the wow factor, as its name proclaims? Well, the mobile phone sports a 3D (three-dimensional) graphic user interface, ensuring that one can view the AKAI WOW’s 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen from a wider angle–allowing you and your gang of buddies to enjoy videos and photos on the phone. Plus, the display renders a pretty decent resolution of 400 x 240 pixels.

And complementing this 3D UI–clearly the phone’s big selling point–is a built-in 3D surround sound system which should delight multimedia enthusiasts. You also get a multi-format music and video player (MP3, AAC, AAC+, E-AAC+, WMA, AMR), FM Radio and preloaded FM recording; and high-definition video recording (1,280 x 720 pixels, or 720p). Expect support for Java applications and RMVB & NES Games.

akai wow 3d phone photo

Photo: Akai WOW 3D Phone

Worried about running out of storage capacity when watching songs and films on the AKAI WOW (considering an embedded user memory of 62MB and flash memory 1GB+256MB only)? Well, the device lets you expand memory to up to 8GB, with a 4GB memory card given away absolutely free!

Weighing 95gms, the phone packs in a 3.2-megapixel camera (with digital zoom) and a conventional 3.5mm standard audio jack. Wireless connectivity options include USB 2.0 and Bluetooth 2.0. The phone is compatible with GPRS/EDGE/WAP for Web surfing, but sadly it does not support 3G connectivity.

Other key features include a number blacklist option, mobile tracker, G-Sensor, sound recorder, PC synchronization functionality. The AKAI WOW can also be used as a modem. Its battery is claimed to deliver a standby time of 10 days and talk time of up to 4 hours.

The AKAI WOW will compete in the Indian market with Spice Mobile’s Spice M67 3D (India’s first 3D cell phone) and Zen Mobiles’ Zen S60 3D.

The Spice M67 3D, presently available for at Rs.3,750, is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device with an automatic stereoscopic 6cm display (240 x 320 pixels)–with no special glasses required for viewing 3D content, including video and images. Featuring two stereo speakers and a 2MP camera, the phone also get a dedicated 3D shortcut key that allows users to switch between 3D and 2D modes.

On the other hand, the Zen S60 3D–selling for about Rs 4,600–comes with a 2.4-inch QVGA 3D stereoscopic screen and has a 3D interface as well as 3D menu. This dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phone offers a 1.3MP camera, a music player, two external speakers and an FM radio.

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